Displaying old family photographs

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family pix sxc sxc.hu Digital may dominate these days, but most of us have dog-eared collections of old-school family photos.

London - Digital may dominate these days, but most of us have dog-eared collections of old-school family photos. For years I had mine patched together in a giant picture frame; it looked awful, as well as not doing the individual images justice. I binned the frame, but now what?



Individual framing of randomly sized shots is expensive - but you could collect attractive junk-shop frames, glass and backing missing, and re-paint them the same colour. Hang as many as you can muster and pin a photo to the wall inside each, making no attempt to align sizes.



Alternatively, rockettstgeorge.co.uk does a set of wall sticker frames that'll do the job (they ship to South Africa).



My friend, Nick, scanned his wife's cherished photos on his computer. He resized them uniformly, and arranged as a giant A0 (1189cm x 841cm) grid using design software. Printed and framed in white, it is now a beautiful focal point..



Nice old mismatched glass jars make for unusual receptacles.



Mark a straight line across a decent-sized wall with (temporary) masking tape (and a spirit level). Use it to line up the top edges of a row of photographs, attaching them to mini bulldog clips hung from thin nails, tapped in at a slight upward angle (or use colourful Japanese washi sticky tape).



I do like a bit of photographic bunting - use pegs and string. What could be simpler? - The Independent on Sunday


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